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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Breast Fibroadenoma (Overview)

Benign lump in the breast composed of fibrous/connective tissues and glandular tissue. It is the most common breast tumor in adolescent women. Unlike typical lumps from breast cancer, fibroadenoma is easy to move, with clearly defined edges. It is usually diagnosed through breast exam, sono, mammogram and a needle biopsy for a definitive answer.


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Describe the features of a breast fibroadenoma.?

Describe the features of a breast fibroadenoma.?

"Rubbery" lump: Fibroadenomas are the most common breast tumor. They can be found as early as the teen years and are often estrogen-sensitive, growing in response to bcps or pregnancy. On examination, they often feel round-to-oval, well- defined, and rubbery. They also have a distinct appearance on ultrasound and mammography, but can be confused with cancers: when suspected, a (non-surgical) biopsy is indicated. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
39 Doctors shared insights

Breast Fibroadenoma (Overview)

Benign lump in the breast composed of fibrous/connective tissues and glandular tissue. It is the most common breast tumor in adolescent women. Unlike typical lumps from breast cancer, fibroadenoma is easy to move, with clearly defined edges. It is usually diagnosed through breast exam, sono, mammogram and a needle biopsy for a definitive answer.


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I am not feeling like myself. What are the symptoms of breast fibroadenoma?

I am not feeling like myself. What are the symptoms of breast fibroadenoma?

Mass: Afibroadenoma of the breast is a benign growth in the breast. The only symptom is feeling the mass itself. If it is concerning to you, see a general surgeon to discuss removal. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Do a breast self exam after your period ends
monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
daily
Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
once
Observe skin around nipples
once
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After a breast biopsy & diagnosis of fibroadenoma in oct 2012, another lump formed - md said it was a hematoma. Still has not gone away. What do I do?

After a breast biopsy & diagnosis of fibroadenoma in oct 2012, another lump formed - md said it was a hematoma. Still has not gone away. What do I do?

Nothing: Not too uncommon after a biopsy of a breast lesion or surgery to remove a lump, a hematoma might form which is basically an area of bleeding inside the biopsy or lumpectomy site which has congealed and clotted. It could take months for this to resolve and scarring may take over the area and a "lump" could persist for years. This generally is just left alone unless infection (an abscess) occurs. ...Read more

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Want to get on with my life. How is breast fibroadenoma diagnosed? When can treatment start?

Want to get on with my life. How is breast fibroadenoma diagnosed? When can treatment start?

Biopsy: The only sure way to inentify a breast fibroadenoma is to take a sample of it and to have a pathology doctor look at it under the microscope. This can be done either by taking a needle core biopsy, which can be done in the office, or by doing an excisional biopsy, which removes the entire mass and is done usually in the operating room. Once it is removed, it should not cause ongoing problems. ...Read more

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Why is it bad to drink cola when you have breast fibroadenoma?

Why is it bad to drink cola when you have breast fibroadenoma?

Breast pain: A fibroadenoma is a benign mass. You have fibrocystic changes which is why your clinician told you to avoid cola and other caffeine containing foods (coffee, tea, iced tea, chocolate). Avoiding cola will decrease the pain and lumpiness in your breast.
If you were told to avoid cola for a fibroadenoma, then I recommend you seek out a breast specialist for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Does breast fibroadenoma cause nipple discharge during pregnancy?

Generally, not: A breast fibroadenoma is usually solid, well defined, and "rubbery" to palpation and does not involve the mammary ducts, thus no discharge. During pregnancy, the discharge may be the initial preparation of the breasts to manufacture milk. Call your OB md and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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How can I treat breast fibroadenoma?

How can I treat breast fibroadenoma?

Carefully: A fibroadenoma of the breast is a benign tumor and can be safely followed with observation. However, the only way to know that it is a fibroadenoma is to have it biopsied. If it is confirmed to be benign, observation is appropriate, until it has changed - then repeat biopsy is needed. It may be more reasonable to have it excised, an not take a chance on missing a cancer. ...Read more

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How can I treat breast fibroadenoma?

Carefully: A fibroadenoma of the breast is a benign tumor and can be safely followed with observation. However, the only way to know that it is a fibroadenoma is to have it biopsied. If it is confirmed to be benign, observation is appropriate, until it has changed - then repeat biopsy is needed. It may be more reasonable to have it excised, an not take a chance on missing a cancer. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a breast fibroadenoma.?

"Rubbery" lump: Fibroadenomas are the most common breast tumor. They can be found as early as the teen years and are often estrogen-sensitive, growing in response to bcps or pregnancy. On examination, they often feel round-to-oval, well- defined, and rubbery. They also have a distinct appearance on ultrasound and mammography, but can be confused with cancers: when suspected, a (non-surgical) biopsy is indicated. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get breast fibroadenoma, or is it unusual?

Fairly common: Benign breast nodules such as fibroadenoma are fairly common. There seems to be a degree of heredity in female family members. Breast tenderness, especially near the time of the menstrual cycle, is also associated with this. Most can be observed if they have a benign radiology or ultrasound appearance, and if they remain stable in size. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: breast fibroadenoma?

What is the definition or description of: breast fibroadenoma?

Fibroadenoma breast: Benign lump in the breast composed of fibrous/connective tissues and glandular tissue. It is the most common breast tumor in adolescent women. Unlike typical lumps from breast cancer, fibroadenoma is easy to move, with clearly defined edges. It is usually diagnosed through breast exam, sono, mammogram and a needle biopsy for a definitive answer. ...Read more

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I am not feeling like myself. What are the symptoms of breast fibroadenoma?

Mass: Afibroadenoma of the breast is a benign growth in the breast. The only symptom is feeling the mass itself. If it is concerning to you, see a general surgeon to discuss removal. ...Read more

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Cryoablation for breast fibroadenoma?

Cryoablation for breast fibroadenoma?

Do-able: Fibroadenomas are the most common benign breast tumor (removal optional). Standard rx is a surgical lumpectomy under twilight anesthesia. Cryoablation uses a needle probe placed via ultrasound under local anesthesia to freeze the tumor, after which it dies. This option has been around for over a decade. While I prefer the surgical route due to pain, my colleagues who do this often swear by it. ...Read more

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Why is it bad to drink cola when you have breast fibroadenoma?

Breast pain: A fibroadenoma is a benign mass. You have fibrocystic changes which is why your clinician told you to avoid cola and other caffeine containing foods (coffee, tea, iced tea, chocolate). Avoiding cola will decrease the pain and lumpiness in your breast.
If you were told to avoid cola for a fibroadenoma, then I recommend you seek out a breast specialist for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Saw a show on tv and they mentioned something called breast fibroadenoma. What is that?

Saw a show on tv and they mentioned something called breast fibroadenoma. What is that?

Benign tumor: A fibroadenoma is a common benign breast tumor. They are generally firm, somewhat mobile, smooth walled, painless, and slow growing. The definitive diagnosis can only be made by pathologic study which requires either a biopsy or removal of the mass. ...Read more

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Does breast fibroadenoma go away and tend to reappear in the same spot in 5 years? Or was it just hidden somehow and not clearly felt in breast exams?

Does breast fibroadenoma go away and tend to reappear in the same spot in 5 years? Or was it just hidden somehow and not clearly felt in breast exams?

The latter reason: Multiple fibroadenomas, some too small and did not get taken out by surgical excision, reappear as these get more visible with imaging, or become palpable on breast exams, based on studies pertinent to this question. As benign tumors go, they start really small microscopically, then become visible nodules big enough so we could palpate, feel or image them radiographically. ...Read more

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What is done for a breast fibroadenoma lump?

What is done for a breast fibroadenoma lump?

Tissue-Diagnosis: Fibroadenomas are the most common breast tumors. Even the best of us can be fooled by exam or even ultrasound findings--biopsy is the best way to DX definitively. These do not need to be surgically removed although many women prefer to if they are large, palpable, and/or growing. The operation can be done under twilight anesthesia, usually in a cosmetic manner. Cryotherapy is another option. ...Read more

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Can I take pueraria mirifica if I have breast fibroadenoma? If no, what is the risk?

Fibroadenoma: Breast fibroadenoma is a tumor of unknown cause. There appears to be relationship to changes in plasma estrogen levels and changes in the estrogen/ progesterone ratios. As such, taking a phytoestrogen may increase the size of the fibroadenoma or risk of this condition. ...Read more

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Want to get on with my life. How is breast fibroadenoma diagnosed? When can treatment start?

Biopsy: The only sure way to inentify a breast fibroadenoma is to take a sample of it and to have a pathology doctor look at it under the microscope. This can be done either by taking a needle core biopsy, which can be done in the office, or by doing an excisional biopsy, which removes the entire mass and is done usually in the operating room. Once it is removed, it should not cause ongoing problems. ...Read more

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I don't believe in unnecessary medical treatment. Do I really need to treat breast fibroadenoma?

I don't believe in unnecessary medical treatment. Do I really need to treat breast fibroadenoma?

Not necessarily: A fibroadenoma is a benign breast lump that does not turn into cancer or necessitate removal. Sometimes they shrink over time or after a biopsy. The most important issue is being sure that any lump in the breast is 100% evaluated and explained. If the fibroadenoma were to get larger, one worries that there might be a cancer behind it or a new lump is ignored thinking it is only a fibroadenoma. ...Read more

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At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about breast fibroadenoma. Is that ok?

At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about breast fibroadenoma. Is that ok?

Depends: Is your doctor aware that it had been present in the past or is it very new for you? Have you had it evaluated for any changes by ultrasound? Do you have any family risks for breast cancer? If it is something that has been present and stable for some time, then you could discuss it at your next visit. If it is concerning or changing for you, contact the doctor soon. ...Read more

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Does breast fibroadenoma cause nipple discharge during pregnancy?

Generally, not: A breast fibroadenoma is usually solid, well defined, and "rubbery" to palpation and does not involve the mammary ducts, thus no discharge. During pregnancy, the discharge may be the initial preparation of the breasts to manufacture milk. Call your OB md and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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If I plan to get pregnant and have a family history of breast cancer, should I remove a myxoid breast fibroadenoma confirmed after a core biopsy?

If I plan to get pregnant and have a family history of breast cancer, should I remove a myxoid breast fibroadenoma confirmed after a core biopsy?

Breast surgeon: The surgical management of a breast mass must be made one on one as this is a complex issue where one simple answer can not be applied to everyone. Consider discussing with a breast surgeon. Given your family history of breast cancer consider genetic cancer screening for BRCA 1 and 2. Check out MYrisk testing offered by Myriad labs ...Read more

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I have breast fibroadenomas of different size. Huge one is of 1 inch. My height is 5'5.Weight is 64 kg. Can I use 'lipo 6 black' for weight reduction?

I have breast fibroadenomas of different size. Huge one is of 1 inch. My height is 5'5.Weight is 64 kg. Can I use 'lipo 6 black' for weight reduction?

?: If you mean liposuction, this should not be used for weight reduction. If you have concerns about the fibroadenomas and your breast size, you should consult with a breast surgeon and a plastic surgeon who can work together to provide a cosmetic result. ...Read more

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I had several breast fibroadenomas removed over the last few years. Now I have fibroadenoma and cysts. Is it fibrocystic disease? Will I have fibroade

Probably: Sounds like you have benign changes in your breast that are consistent with fibrocystic changes. Most pathologists don't use the term disease anymore since fibrocystic changes are benign and very common especially in young people. I see this nearly everyday in my practice. Fibroadenomas are also benign and can been with or without surrounding fibrocystic changes. ...Read more

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Cold chills, night sweats, breast fibroadenomas, sore breast, hair loss, excessive bruising, fatigue, what type of test should I be asking for.

Cold chills, night sweats, breast fibroadenomas, sore breast, hair loss, excessive bruising, fatigue, what type of test should I be asking for.

H/P, labs: See your doctor and report these symptoms. He/she will probably start with a thorough history and physical and probably some basic lab work. ...Read more